Solutions for material and energy efficiency

Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM

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We can help you to define material and component properties that optimize their response to stresses and strains when in use and that make the greatest possible use of their potential.

Fraunhofer research news: Liquid crystal lubricant

Fraunhofer IWM: Wissenschaftspreis des Stifterverbandes 2014 - Forschung im Verbund

Thanks to a new lubricant, small gears can run with virtually no friction. Made from liquid crystalline fluid, these lubricants drastically reduce friction and wear. For this, Dr. Andreas Kailer und Dr. Tobias Amann and their project partners were awarded the price »Wissenschaftspreis des Stifterverbandes 2014 - Forschung im Verbund«. [more]

Fraunhofer research news: Ceramic screws – corrosion and heat resistant

Most screws are made of steel. But high temperatures or acidic environments take their toll on this otherwise stable material. The alternative is ceramic screws. Researchers can now accurately predict their stress resistance. [more]

12.-13. March 2014:
Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference, Berlin

Fraunhofer IWM: DDMC 2014, Berlin

From March 12-13, 2014 the third Fraunhofer Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference will be taking place at the Grand Hotel Esplanade in Berlin. The conference will cover the entire range of topics in additive manufacturing, starting with methodologies, design and simulation, right up to more application-specific topics, e.g. from the realm of medical engineering and electronics. [more]

Fraunhofer research news: Ultra-thin tool heating for injection molding

In future, thin-film heating will allow plastic parts to be produced with greatly improved surface quality. Researchers have also found a way to make the whole process more energy efficient. [more]

Fraunhofer research news: Saws made of carbon

More material could be saved when manufacturing wafers in future. Ultra-thin saws made of carbon nanotubes and diamond would be able to cut through silicon wafers with minimum kerf loss. A new method makes it possible to manufacture the saw wires. [more]

Fraunhofer research news: Fitness test for corrosion protection coatings

Internal coatings in the different sections of oil treatment plants are subjected to a variety of stresses. By conducting comparative tests, researchers are analyzing which materials are best suited to each individual section. [more]

Fraunhofer research news: Less friction loss in combustion engines

Researchers have developed a method that can reduce engine friction and wear even during production of engine components. Special coatings can help to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. [more]

Fraunhofer research news: Embedding photovoltaic modules more quickly

Fraunhofer IWM: Lamination

Solar cells must endure a lot: snow, hot summer days, rain and humidity. To provide maximum protection to the cells, the manufacturers embed them in plastic, usually in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). .

Range of topics and services at the Fraunhofer IWM

  • ƒƒSolutions to avoid and to control defects, crack formation, deformation, fracture, failure, wear and fatigue
  • ƒƒMaterial characterization, component testing, damage analyses, failure diagnosis and microstructural analysis
  • ƒƒMaterials modeling, process and component simulation
  • ƒƒSurface layer assessment, coatings, tribology, functionalization, bio-surface and interfacial analysis
  • Process, technique and device development


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